Some version of quarantine has become the new normal for many of us, especially in the United States, where we never collectively did anything meaningful to get the spread of COVID-19 under control, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy.
Being cooped up in the same living spaces as other people, without the freedom to just go hang out at a friend’s, or at a coffee shop, or go see a movie whenever you want to can easily result in tensions coming to a boiling point.
Some of the fights that have resulted from quarantine have undoubtedly been inevitable and being forced to inhabit the same space for too long just brought things to a head sooner than would have happened otherwise. But others are just plain ridiculous, and everyone involved knows that perfectly well.
Podcast host Erin Gloria Ryan asked people to share their dumbest quarantine fights back in March, and as we enter month eight of the pandemic, and perpetual isolation for many, it’s weirdly comforting to know that others are having the same moments of absolute nonsense, too.
Here are some of the best replies:
Exactly how high to fill the kiddie pool for the dogs.— Sarah Chovnick (@chovy_s) March 26, 2020
“She can’t swim at that height!”
“If she swims, her nails will scratch the bottom and pop it!”
“HER NAILS WOULDN’T SCRATCH ANYTHING IF YOU TRIMMED THEM”
Not a huge argument but he’s been buying spinach in large quantities for some reason? We have TOO MUCH spinach. He wanted to sauté it and add it to the pizza we were making. I wanted it raw bc I thought it would be slimy otherwise. We did half sautéed, half raw. His half: slimy.— Lauren Mang (@lmango) March 26, 2020
Whether we should give our son his birthday presents first thing in the morning or wait until dinner/birthday cake time.— Michael Greenfield (@greenfieldmj) March 26, 2020
Me: WE COULD ALL BE DEAD BY DINNER TIME!
Wife: FINE, WHY DON’T WE JUST HAVE CAKE FOR BREAKFAST, TOO!
fought about who would go through a door first— joel fowler (@freemagic) March 26, 2020
Not a fight but after talking with one of spouse’s siblings abt their mom, assisted living, etc. I turn to him and said I wonder if we should’ve had more kids, to share the burden when we get old. THE LOOK I GOT. I realize now: day 12 of quarantine is not the day to wonder this.— Natalia Imperatori (@nimperatori) March 26, 2020
My partner went to take a bath and when she came out she announced that she had just purchased a $400 telescope.— Kristen Hamilton (@khamilt9) March 26, 2020
Whether a piece of clothing for our son went in the 18 month section or the 24 month section. The tag said 18-24 months.— Brittany T. Faith (@immigrationista) March 26, 2020
My husband and I didn’t speak for like 16 hours because he wouldn’t let me name my animal crossing character in all lowercase— haunt your racist uncle ❤️🖤 (@ellouelle) March 26, 2020
Kitchen sponge resting location.— Victoria Macchi (@VMMacchi) March 26, 2020